Return to School Transition
As announced by the Queensland Government, school students in Years 7 –10 will return to school on Monday 25 May 2020.
The following is advice that has been provided by the Queensland government:
Why are more students returning to school?
As Queensland is continuing to see a low number of COVID-19 cases and a positive response to physical distancing measures, the decision has been made to allow all students to return to school. This decision, supported by Queensland’s Chief Health Officer, is in line with the progressive easing of restrictions as part of the Government’s response to COVID-19.
Is this decision supported by health advice?
Yes. Queensland’s Chief Health Officer supports this decision and has provided specific advice. The staged return to school over several weeks has provided critical time for schools to develop and implement arrangements to ensure the return can be made safely.
Is it expected that all students attend school from 25 May 2020?
Yes. Brigidine College will resume regular teaching and learning for all students.
It is acknowledged that some parents may still wish to keep their children home from school due to concerns about COVID‐19 and due to student health concerns. This is an acceptable decision and your child will be identified as having an ‘authorised absence’ due to COVID-19.
In these cases, parents and carers remain responsible for their children. This includes ensuring their children stay at home and continue their learning.
As all students will return to face‐to‐face teaching, online teaching will no longer continue. If any students need to remain at home, they will be able to access all their online resources through SEQTA and OneNote.
As is currently the case, parents will be required to communicate with the College about their child’s absence from school. This includes when a parent chooses to keep their child at home due to concerns about COVID‐19 as well as when a child is ill. When you contact the school with this information you may also wish to discuss any support you may need to assist you with your child’s transition back school. Please follow the College’s Student Attendance process.
Parents and carers of students with health support needs are encouraged to consult their health practitioner when deciding if their child should attend school.
Is it safe for students to attend school?
The decision to return to school is informed by advice provided by the Australian Health Principal Protection Committee (AHPPC) and discussions with Queensland Health about a phased return to regular schooling. Schools are identified as safe places for students and present low risk in relation to the spread of COVID‐19. The following measures will continue to be in place in schools:
- students and staff who are unwell must not attend school
- if a student becomes unwell during school hours parents will be contacted to collect their child immediately
- physical distancing of 1.5 metres is required by all adults
- students will engage in regular effective handwashing and hygiene protocols, including regularly washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitiser and covering coughs and sneezes
- increased cleaning frequencies of high‐touch surfaces such as light switches and door handles
- technology such as video conferencing used for gatherings, meetings and assemblies
- excursions, camps, trips and interschool activities are postponed at this time.
- further details regarding cocurricular activities will be published as advice from the Queensland Government is confirmed
- parents are asked to sign in at the college office if attending on site as reduced numbers of visitors are permitted at any one time.
Are camps, excursions and school performances able to proceed?
No. At this time, it is not planned for these activities to resume during Term 2 given the social nature of these events. These restrictions will be reviewed considering ongoing health advice.
Will the Curragh Cafe be operating?
The Curragh Café will be open and will accept online orders only for morning tea and lunch. Students will need to order through My Monitor by 8.30 am.
Is there anything that parents and carers can do to assist?
Social and physical distancing protocols continue to apply to adults in a school setting. We can all help to restrict the spread of COVID‐19 by adhering to these protocols. The College will be taking action to limit the number of non‐essential adults entering schools as well as implementing new procedures where required to limit the amount of adult to adult contact in and around schools. Parents can help by minimising the need to enter the school, not gathering inside or outside schools, working with school staff and with new protocols or ways of working in and around the College. Parents can also assist by ensuring their child stays away from the College if they are showing any signs or symptoms of illness.
What will happen if my child’s teacher is unwell or a vulnerable worker?
The College will manage staffing allocations as they normally do. If a teacher is unwell or unable to attend school due to their own health reasons the College will engage supply teachers as required.
Will there be access to support for student wellbeing?
Yes. The College staff will continue to be alert to the needs of students as we return to school. If parents are particularly concerned about their child’s wellbeing, they should contact their daughter’s Home Room teacher.
Will my child still be able to access school transport arrangements?
Yes. Normal school transport arrangements will continue to apply for students in Year 11 and Year 12. Social distancing guidelines will be followed on school buses (where practical), at bus interchange locations, and at other shared transport services. Transport operators will ensure that buses and surface touch points are cleaned according to COVID‐19 cleaning and disinfection recommendations. Due to the customised nature of delivery, specialist school transport (minibus, taxi or supported bus travel) requires parents/carers to directly inform operators if students are not travelling.
Are there changes to assessment and reporting?
Assessment and reporting for Term 2 and Semester 1 will be adjusted by the College to reflect the nature of learning over this time. Further information will be provided as the term progresses. The Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority (QCAA) has also provided Principles and advice for P‐10 during COVID‐19 disruptions to address common curriculum questions, teaching and learning, assessment and reporting, along with their frequently asked questions.
What will happen in the event of a confirmed case of COVID‐19?
The College has established protocols if a confirmed case is identified in a school. The department follows the advice of Queensland Health. If there is a confirmed case of COVID‐19 in a school community, the school may need to temporarily close to allow time for public health authorities to conduct contact tracing and deep cleaning to be undertaken, to ensure the safety of staff and students prior to reopening. Please note as the COVID‐19 situation continues to evolve, plans are subject to change.
Learning at Home Links
The most important focus during the ‘Learning at Home’ time, will be that your daughter remains connected and engaged with the College. We expect that all students will be able to demonstrate progression in their learning, but this will differ for each of your daughters, depending on their own circumstances.
Your daughter’s physical and mental health is more important than anything else.
We are aware that some:
- students are going to be anxious with the changes to learning at this time.
- students will have family members or friends who may be diagnosed with COVID-19.
- families will have parent/guardians who are unemployed.
- students and families will not have the access to internet technology all the time.
- students will have limited parent/guardian supervision or may be required to assist with other family members – siblings, grandparents, etc.
- Attendance will be marked for all lessons.
- Student absentee procedures
- During the ‘Learning at Home’ time, SMS messages will not be sent daily. Contact will only be made after a period of regular absence, when there has been no notification.
Essential Workers – Student supervision will continue to be available for Brigidine College Year 7 – 9 students, who have parent/guardians who are essential workers, unless the Government indicates any changes.
- Please complete the Form, only if your daughter requires supervision.
- If your arrangements need to change, please contact the Student Absentees.
If there are other exceptional circumstances where your daughter(s) need to be supervised, please email your daughter’s Pastoral Leader to discuss.
Preparing for Learning at Home
The College will continue to deliver the academic curriculum in a ‘Learning at Home’ capacity, during the first 5 weeks of Term 2, due to COVID-19.
The information below provides information to assist students and parents while students are ‘Learning at Home’.
- Students should have a dedicated space, which is quiet and free from distraction.
- Ideally, students should not be working from their bedroom, but understand this may not be possible, if there are multiple people in the household working from home.
- Ensure mobile phone does not distract your learning.
- Students should be prepared with all required materials for their lessons for the day.
- Whilst online, students are required to wear Brigidine approved uniforms e.g. dress, sports uniform, jersey, hoodies, cocurricular shirts etc.
- Students and parents need to be mindful of the Acceptable Use of Devices information (p.20 of the Student Planner)
- Report any misuse of devices to the College and seek pastoral care where required.
- Unacceptable use of devices may lead to criminal offences, which is outlined below.
College platforms such as SEQTA and Teams are not to be used for social communication between students.
- Lessons will continue for all subjects including Formation and Tutorials (Year 11 & 12).
- The only exception is Study lessons for Year 11 & 12.
- Teachers will connect with students, only from the College endorsed platforms:
- SEQTA – Direqt Message and Forums
- Microsoft Office – Outlook, Team Chat, Team Meetings
- Google – Meet
- Work and direction for students will be available in SEQTA and resources will be available from a range of platforms including Class OneNotes, Textbooks, Worksheets, Media files, Education Perfect, websites etc
- The College would recommend that students not use video in any class and Home Room meetings, unless requested to have them on by the teacher. Teachers may encourage this at the start of lessons.
- If students or parents/guardians would prefer not to use video at any time, teachers will understand the reasons.
- If students are having difficulty with internet connections, it would be recommended to switch off video, due to the amount of data and bandwidth that video can take up.
Managing the Daily Timetable
- Students will work from their regular timetable, which has been adjusted slightly – Daily Plan
- Students should check both Direqt Message and emails daily.
- All notifications from Microsoft Teams will be sent directly to Outlook.
- Students may contact teachers via Direqt Message.
- Weekly work and guidelines will be given to students each week.
- A Direqt Message will be sent to students and parent/guardians at the beginning of the week.
- Teachers will be online at scheduled Home Room and class times to check in with students, answer questions, provide further direction, or at times explicit teaching.
- If a teacher is unavailable for a lesson due to absence, students will be notified of this, and will continue with work that has been set for the week.
- Students are expected to be online for Home Room and all lessons, unless a parent/guardian has contacted the College to indicate a student absence.
Managing Learning at Home
It is recommended that parents/guardians play an important role in supporting learning at home. These include:
- Parents/guardians to supplement what teachers do, not to replace them.
- Parents/guardians to help children develop independent learning skills and manage their own learning.
The focus is on helping your child in their readiness for learning, ensuring they are prepared and focused for the lesson.
Importantly, parents/guardians aren’t expected to deliver material or content.
In a home-supported learning environment readiness to learn includes:
- Support children to create regular routines and learning habits;
- Ensure a quiet space free from distractions, setting aside materials that they don’t need for learning e.g. mobile phone;
- Laptop with adequate internet and video to interact with teacher and class;
- Stationery items required for that lesson, including pen, paper and calculator.
Show trust and confidence in your daughter’s capacity to become stronger, more resilient and more independent through this experience of online learning.
Understand that the transition to online will be one of trial-and-error for parents, teachers and students. Patience and communication will be important.
Consider what is a reasonable timetable for your daughter (particularly for students in Year 7 – 9). Their physical and mental wellbeing is more important than their academic progress, during this time.
- Younger students may struggle to be in an online learning environment all day, so there may be occasions where you decide for her not to be online.
- It is okay for you to make decisions that are best for your daughter, if there are occasions where she does not attend all lessons during the day, if this assists her wellbeing.
- If you do make the decision for her not to attend any classes, please contact Student Absentees, who will ensure that all teachers are made aware of the reason.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their daughter liaise with their teachers through DM, rather than emailing individual teachers.
The following link provides evidence-based research on Key learning concepts for parents to be effective partners in home-supported learning – Evidence for Learning
Years 7 – 10
This period of time during ‘Learning at Home’ will be disruptive for all students. Formative assessment tasks will be adjusted to manage for the changes to the learning environment, for students in Year 7 -10.
Learning tasks and formative learning experiences will be provided for students to assist teachers to collect evidence and provide feedback on student progress to parents/guardians and students.
There are many ways teachers will use formative assessment to gather evidence for students, for example –
- Folios – which include a range of tasks from across the term
- Extended writing tasks to identify deeper understandings
- Open Book Tests to be reviewed by students and teachers
- Mini quizzes – Forms, Education Perfect etc
Teachers will provide checkpoints for students during the week or fortnight. Teachers will collate this data throughout the ‘Learning at Home’ time.
Years 11 - 12
Students will continue with assessment requirements, as advised by QCAA.
All students will have reduced assessment during this time.
Teachers and Curriculum Middle Leaders will advise how this will be managed for individual subjects.